Nick Clegg right on Afghanistan, says defence group

Nick Clegg right on Afghanistan, says defence group
Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, was last night praised for breaking the cross-party consensus on the conflict in Afghanistan despite the commander of British troops in the region claiming the war is being won.

By Andrew Porter, Political Editor
Published: 7:00AM BST 10 Jul 2009
In an article in yesterday's Daily Telegraph, Mr Clegg said he was now questioning the role British troops are playing in the region. Seven British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the last week.
He warned that poor equipment was to blame for some of the deaths. And he said that young lives were being "thrown away" by politicians.

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Yesterday, Winston S Churchill, the president of the United Kingdom National Defence Association - grandson of the British prime minister during the Second World War - and welcomed the Liberal Democrat's intervention.
He said: "Nick Clegg is the first party leader to draw a direct connection between the scale of losses in Afghanistan and the lack of resources given to our Armed Forces. To be successful the campaign in Helmand requires a much greater commitment by Britain and, as the Liberal Democrat leader says, a new and more robust approach.
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